Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Falklands war general arrested for crimes against humanity



























Mario Menéndez, the army general who led and surrendered Argentine troops in the Falklands War, has been arrested for his alleged role in crimes against humanity perpetrated by the 1976-83 military dictatorship.Mr Menéndez, military governor of the Falklands during the conflict, was detained on Wednesday night at his home in Buenos Aires.
He will be transferred from a jail in the capital to the northern province of Tucumán, where the crimes took place, the Ministry of Security said.
Mr Menéndez, 82, was arrested together with 15 other people for their suspected participation in 'Operation Independence', one of the first operations of the dictatorship's 'Dirty War' against left-wing subversion.
An estimated 30,000 people were 'disappeared' – kidnapped and murdered – by the regime.
Mr Menéndez is expected to be put on the stand in a trial next month that will seek to bring to justice those involved in 'Operation Independence'.
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(RG) He should also be tried as a War criminal for crimes against the people of the Falkland Islands.